The Equipment Maintenance Technician is responsible for performing basic maintenance and repair of field gear that support research tasks (e.g. vessels, trailers, outboard motors, vehicles, ATVs). Primary responsibility is insuring all field gear is operational, safe, and available for use by research staff and students. Secondary responsibilities include purchasing and basic maintenance of supplies associated with research studies, and training of staff and students in safe operation of boats and vehicles. May also assist field teams engaged in scientific studies. Works under limited supervision with considerable latitude for use of initiative and independent judgement.
• Maintains and operates vessels, vehicles and associated equipment in support of field research.
• Works with senior staff and business assistant to purchase, maintain and track necessary supplies and equipment to support field research.
• Trains staff and students on safe operation of vessels and vehicles for use in research.
• Assists field teams engaged in scientific studies and performs other duties as assigned.
Notes to Applicant: This is a full-time, grant funded position. Funding for this benefits-eligible position will be continued contingent on funding. Full-time position with benefits. Criminal and motor background checks are required. To view a full listing of responsibilities and qualifications, and to submit an application go to www.uhcl.edu/jobs. Applications without the required documents will be considered incomplete and disqualified. UHCL is an AA/EOE.
1. High School diploma or equivalent.
2. Ability to attain knowledge and skills necessary to operate, maintain, and repair vessels, outboard motors, vehicles and associated gear in order to ensure safe transport of staff and achieve project goals.
3. Ability to attain knowledge and skills necessary to follow EIH and University purchasing and documentation procedures to assist with purchasing supplies and equipment, track maintenance and repairs, track fuel usage, and other administrative tasks as they apply to field logistics and asset management. Familiar with and operational knowledge of Microsoft Windows products.
4. Ability to attain knowledge and skills necessary to support and train staff and students on the safe use of vessel, vehicle, and basic field instruments.
5. Ability to attain knowledge and skills specific to field data collection to assist field teams engaged in scientific studies.
1. Associates/Vocational degree in Mechanical or Maritime Operations or closely related field -or- two years of certified coursework or completion of Technical Training Program
(e.g. industry, military, or community college) in outboard motors and small vessel repair, and/or maritime operations/navigation and/or vehicle mechanic training program.
2. One year of experience providing logistical support, repair and maintenance of boats, motors, trailers, vehicles, and/or managing assets.
3. One year of experience in the use of sidescan sonar, GPS, and other sophisticated electronics and their associated software.
4. One year of experience operating vessels less than 30 ft. in length while deploying and retrieving scientific gear and or SCUBA divers.
5. Experience working on vessels in the Gulf of Mexico or other large bodies of water.
6. USCG OUPV License.